Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Everything you need to know: NASA lands 8th rover on Mars

Everything you need to know: NASA lands 8th rover on Mars

Bridenstine also said President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had watched on television and called to congratulate the USA space agency for its hard work.

"What an fantastic day for our country", said Jim Bridenstine, presiding over his first Mars landing as NASA's boss.

The vehicle appeared to be in good shape, according to the first communications received from the Martian surface.

United States space agency Nasa's £633 million two-year mission aims to shine new light on how the Red Planet was formed and its deep structure, by mapping its core, crust and mantle.

France's Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) made the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, the key element for sensing quakes.

An ecstatic Philippe Laudet, the French Space Agency's project manager, said at JPL that now that the seismometer is on Mars, a "new adventure" is beginning.

"I've just received confirmation that there are no rocks in front of the lander", he told AFP.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, presiding over his first Mars landing as the space agency's boss, said: "What an wonderful day for our country". NASA's Curiosity rover, which arrived in 2012, is still on the move on Mars.

Mars has been the graveyard for a multitude of space missions.

Congratulations, humankind, we have once again landed on Mars. "Mars is hard", Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for the science mission directorate, said on Sunday.

Scientists burst into cheers at NASA's mission control in California, hugging each other and engaging in wild handshakes. The whole process took around 7 minutes to complete, which the fellow NASA members would like to call it -the "six and a half minutes of terror". The danger was that the spacecraft could burn up in the atmosphere or bounce off it. To reach to the surface safely, Insight's three landing legs deployed and the parachute popped out, allowing it to land without any complications.

InSight, a $1 billion worldwide project, includes a German mechanical mole that will burrow down 16 feet (5 metres) to measure Mars' internal heat.

Other significant contributions came from the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Astronika and the Swiss Institute of Technology. He said the basic design of InSight was inherited from the Phoenix spacecraft, which landed on Mars May 25, 2008.

By examining the interior of Mars, scientists hope to understand how our solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 billion years ago and why they turned out so different - Mars cold and dry, Venus and Mercury burning hot, and Earth hospitable to life.

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